The Golden State is the stuff of dreams, from fodder for Led Zeppelin tunes to young people dreaming of becoming stars, either in Hollywood or Silicon Valley.
We’re in love with California for its vast natural landscapes. The Redwoods poking through coastal fog, Sequoias brilliant against Yosemite, Mount Whitney in the Eastern Sierras, the deserts in the south where Joshua Trees dance…California has just about everything and enough space for us all to still enjoy it.
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So Long, Eastern Sierras…
To launch full force from the Eastern Sierras and into Tahoe sets a standard of experience higher than most acts would care to follow. Utterly dazzling are the open desert stretches melding into small town hellos and climbing through Pinyon forests, into Jeffrey pines and arriving at the pinnacle of it all, the pristine Lake
Greetings from Mono Lake!
Greetings from Tioga Pass in Sunny Yosemite!
Greetings from the Ancient Bristlecone Pines!
In the Rain Shadow of Mount Whitney
Finding the real treasures of the Golden State.
Greetings from Joshua Tree National Park!
Migrations of Winter
I’ve had six winters to weather since this traveling lifestyle began. The first was slowly zig zagging from Austin, Texas to Arizona and back to West Texas. That was my rookie year and so yes, I was a fortunate snowbirder roaming a particularly warm southwestern ease in a Class C Dutchman that while was not
Greetings from Mt. Whitney in the Eastern Sierras
Greetings from the Sequoias
Greetings from Yosemite and the Sierras
The Other California
From the fog smoking, cracked egg shell islands lined with dinosaur skin Sitkas and dripping dewy daily moisture Redwoods of the northwest, the pot growing latest generation of liberals lining 101, their thumbs pointed to the sky, to the mountains clad in desert regalia, pine needle pointy big blue sky days of the western mountains,
The Long Shadow of Winter
Greetings from the Redwoods
Greetings from Brookings, Oregon
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Sleeping on a lava giant.
Having embarked on a train voyage from fair Portland to the mountain village of Flagstaff, AZ — where I will spend nearly a week alone — we decided to take a solid day’s rest at LaQuinta Inn, Bakersfield, California. The summer has been squeezing record sweat out of Americans all across the lower 48, but
The hum of the buses engine, the manmade chill of the air conditioner, the blasting sun blinding through my sunglasses, and the serenity of a nearly empty bus that will take me from Truckee, California to Portland over the next two days is my official last experience in the Lake Tahoe Blue for the summer.
Two Paths You Can Go Back, but in the Long Run
As we hopped state lines like schoolyard jump ropes these past few days, I was continually drawn to memories of the passing Pittsburgh summer mixed with the anticipation of West Coast adventure. Originally, this roadtrip was to be a reunion of my old high school skate crew; two of them still living close to home